Thursday, May 11, 2017

Unwanted, Latest Paladine Political Thriller by Kenneth G. Eade is out!

“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate
 and only the uprooted comprehend.” 
― Wallace Stegner

No one really belongs; at least not in this world.  If there were a heaven, maybe there, but, even if there were, in it would be the souls who would bear witness to the undeniable cruelty of life, the poverty of the unwanted. Whether or not you belonged was defined by others; the same others who would make such judgments about how you would live and how you would die. ​Robert Garcia didn’t belong anywhere, except maybe when he was in the military, and he knew it.  He’d tried to make it in the world of man, but dropping out seemed the better option.  He was a loner, but not lonely, a drifter who defined his own purpose of existence, which now consisted of floating.
This type of life really suited Robert.  Born John Richards, to a black military father and white Lebanese mother, Robert and his family moved around from army base to army base and he never really found a place to fit in or anyone to fit in with until he joined the army himself.  By the time he did, having moved so many times as a child, he had already become an accomplished fighter, who had beat his way through every conflict growing up until his schools wised up, and placed him on their wrestling and football teams, in order to create a socially acceptable “steam valve” for his aggression.  Drifting around in his little boat in the sea with only the horizon in the background.  That was Robert’s world now, a contrast from the horrors of the life he had left behind.  Robert himself had been one of those horrors, but now he was just a fisherman, living off the sea, a threat to nobody...
The Aegean was calm today, the surface smooth as glass, leaving no trace of the ugly storm that had pitched the small sailboat and almost capsized her the night before.  Such was the hidden power of nature, capable of producing extreme beauty and cruelty at the same time.  A few remnants of the storm still remained – garbage – evidence of human waste probably from a ferry or cruise boat – visibly bobbing on the surface from time to time.  Other than that, it was a perfect day – the proverbial calm after the storm. 
​The net dipped with the weight of the fish and Joelle strained to contain it.  Robert set the rod down, and together they hoisted the enormous sea bass onto the deck, where it flopped around, inciting more yelping.  
Joelle’s smile faded as she peered over the railing. ​“What’s that?” ​“What?”
 ​“Over there!  Floating.” ​Robert strained his eyes.  He picked up his field glasses and focused on the object bobbing on the surface. ​“Looks like a body...”

Paladine Political Thriller Series

By Kenneth G. Eade

I loved the latest Paladine is a softer, more gentle tale in which we first find Paladine on his boat, with Joelle, who he had rescued during his last mission. Readers may wonder what kind of personal relationship he might have, but, for me, it was good that he at least had somebody to talk and share with during his isolation. The isolation that he had been forced into by those who want him dead... and by those who want him to use his amazing expertise to continue working, fighting terrorism...

This time, however, Robert gets pulled in while fishing on his boat...they sighted a body, went to check and found him dead. Later they could see that an entire wreckage was there and found only one young woman who was still alive. They pulled her onto their boat, helped with her wounds and discovered that she had been part of a boat full of refugees, having paid large sums of money to escape Syria. Often the boats never made it beyond the initial castoff...

Alina had been with her husband and baby and had paid everything they had to escape. Asked who they had paid, Alina identified the Daesh...
ISIS, known by those who were their victims as Daesh, had overrun their village near Dabiq, and actually charged them for passage to Turkey.  Pay or die.  Once they made it to the coastal town of Izmir, Syrian smugglers loyal to ISIS once again charged them thousands of dollars to board a rubber boat to Greece.  The last thing she remembered was a swell that capsized the boat.  She had held on to her baby and didn’t remember losing consciousness.  Suddenly, she realized what had to have happened. ​“I let go!” ​“What?” ​“I let go of her.  It’s my fault!  Put me back in the sea, I want to die!”
Alina was devastated when she realized that she had apparently fallen asleep while holding her child, and she'd slipped away into the sea. What a tragedy... Robert was able to help her with provisions and a little money and dropped her off where she would be safe, though still grieving...

It was not to be that Robert and Joelle would have quiet time together because soon Robert was notified that a former co-worker had been taken captive. But at least readers get to see that they had taken a night to enjoy dinner on shore for a short time... Then Robert got word that a ransom had been placed on the head of Ayisha... Ayisha worked for the same organization for which Robert had worked... And that man knew only Robert could save Ayisha if she was to be saved...

I’ve been kidnapped.  The kidnappers will be in touch through this channel with the ransom instructions.  If you don’t pay within the next 72 hours, they will kill me.
Ayisha had lost her sister to terrorists and had been working ever since as an assassin. She was good, but she really didn't have the heart, or perhaps better said, she did have a heart that couldn't just kill all the time. Still, after Robert had found a way to save her, she refused to not continue to work with those refugees who were losing all of their money to ISIS or some Syrians, often to then lose their lives... Robert was not happy, especially when she had originally agreed that he would lead any actions that took place... But he didn't desert her... And that's just why readers and those who personally learned of Robert had first called him Paladine... At least one time in this particular book, he could have killed, but he didn't when there was no need... This man who was trained to kill for his own country, the United States, and then was put back on the streets with no other training to begin a new life...still had a code of honor that his victims would only be terrorists if he could at all help it...

This time, though, the CIA had heard he was still alive (he had earlier been presumed dead) and sent another assassin out after Garcia. In fact, the man they sent had once been trained by Garcia and knew everything about his usual method of operation... Both knew this would probably be a fight to the death...

Readers do get to meet up with our favorite Russian soldiers, who saved Ayisha while she was separated from Robert...and there is a quick meeting of the eyes between Ayisha and her medic that put an interesting twist to the life of the assassin... Can love from another come to mean more to Ayisha than the revenge for her sister that had once driven her. I'm hoping that Ayisha continues into the next book... She's an excellent gutsy female that certainly adds tension and a different perspective to this already exciting, awesome series... Of course, yes, it's highly recommended as are all the preceding novels!


Described by critics as "one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene," author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, "An Involuntary Spy." Eade, an award-winning, best-selling Top 100 thriller author, has been described by his peers as "one of the up-and-coming legal thriller writers of this generation." He is the 2015 winner of Best Legal Thriller from Beverly Hills Book Awards and the 2016 winner of a bronze medal in the category of Fiction, Mystery and Murder from the Reader's Favorite International Book Awards. His latest novel, "Paladine" is currently a quarter-finalist in Publisher's Weekly's BookLife Prize for Fiction. Eade has authored three fiction series: The "Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series", the "Involuntary Spy Espionage Series" and the "Paladine Anti-Terrorism Series." He has written sixteen novels which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. 

"I've been writing all my life, but began publishing my work out of a passion for the environment. My wife, Valentina, is a professional photographer, who worked for two years on an environmental exhibition called, "Bee Cause I Care" which was exhibited by the Prince Albert II Foundation and is now touring cities in France to bring awareness to the importance of pollinators and the dangers facing them. I penned a few articles on the subject for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and turned my research into my first book, "Bless the Bees." That passion continued with the publication of my novel, "An Involuntary Spy," which is an action thriller that also points to the dangers of genetically engineered food. Then I began publishing the "Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series," which, in part, is based on actual experiences during my long career in law.

"Now I divide most of my time between France, where I have resided for the better part of 10 years, and Russia. I try to put as much realism in my novels as possible, and they all revolve around important social issues. I treasure all of my readers and love to hear from them, whether it's good or bad. Sometimes I make changes based on their suggestions and one reader has inspired a character that has appeared in my latest three novels. Everyone who signs up on my mailing list at gets a free ebook and I give away a Kindle Fire every month to a lucky winner on the list. I love this new adventure and hope you enjoy taking it with me."


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